Tuesday 7 October 2014
SCREENING: Re-Veil-Le and War & Peace: The Film
DIR: DOMINIC DE VERE
TALK “Living One’s Practice: Performing One’s work”
JOANNA JONES / VISUAL ARTIST
The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 7:30pm
Screening: WAR & PEACE: THE FILM
Director: Dominic de Vere
Dover Arts Development (DAD) commissioned Dominic de Vere to make a “project film” from the many strands of their 18 month War & Peace programme, asking him to make a piece of work that was both documentation and a work in its own right. The resulting 30-minute film is an intelligent response to the brief as well as a fascinating new piece of work by the artist/film-maker on the theme: “The Earth, like the body of an animal, is wasted at the same time as it is repaired. It has a state of growth and augmentation; it has another state, which is that of diminution and decay. This world is thus destroyed in one part, but is renewed in another. From the top of the mountain to the shore of the sea, which are the two extremities of our land, every thing is in a state of change; the rock and solid strath dissolving, breaking and decomposing, for the purpose of becoming soil. The soil travelling along the surface of the earth, in its way to the shore; and the shore wearing and wasting by the agitation of the sea, an agitation which is essential to the purposes of a living world. “ James Hutton
Director: Dominic de Vere
Painter: Joanna Jones
Music: Mihailo Trandafilovski's “Diptych” Violin Concerto No 2
In RE-VEIL-LE, the journey of Joanna Jones’ new painting is veiled and revealed in a 19 minute film in symbiosis with Mihailo Trandafilovski's “Diptych” Violin Concerto No. 2. “I decided to make a painting for Dover that would, at the same time, be a metaphor for history and change. Out of a series of photographs – documenting a painting evolving over 42 painting sessions – I made a film", said Joanna Jones. The paintings’ development compositionally parallels the composition of Mihailo Trandafilovski's “Diptych” Violin Concerto, both art forms working synergically with each other. There is no finished painting as the final painted canvas was cut into 324 pieces, a piece of which was given to each audience member with the programme at the work’s premiere at the War & Peace Grand Finale Concert on October 11th 2013 at Dover Town Hall. It was performed by Longbow under the direction of Peter Sheppard Skaerved.
Talk by Joanna Jones: LIVING ONE'S PRACTICE: PERFORMING ONE’S WORK
For an artist, to live one’s practice, to live in a way that perfectly brings together art and life, is to pursue an Utopian project and at the same time constantly question whether and how this can be achieved. This talk aims to show how such a project might be envisaged through the experience of grass-roots cultural activism combined with a more strategic approach to influencing cultural policy and embedding the arts in a town with little experience and considerable scepticism of contemporary art practice, particularly publicly-funded arts projects. The Talk will last approximately 40 minutes and will be given in English.
Joanna Jones lives and works in Dover. After studying painting at The Byam Shaw School and the Royal Academy Schools she spent over twenty years in Germany developing her practice and exhibiting internationally. She returned to the UK in 1997 and, in 2001, was the recipient of an Arts Council Year of the Artist award for a light projection on the cliffs at Samphire Hoe in Kent. Over several decades, Jones’ work has evolved as part of an intense emotional and intellectual process of self discovery and unveiling. Her work encompasses performance and painting. In 2006, she extended her practice in the public realm founding and developing (DAD) Dover Arts Development with artist Clare Smith.